Captain America aka Frank Sandoval. Thank you for the life I live. 👁🇺🇸👁
Sandoval joined the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Sandoval was injured in November 2005 in Baghdad after he volunteered to be in the lead vehicle on a patrol. He had been manning a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on a Humvee when an explosion from a roadside bomb caused a projectile to become lodged in his right temple, forcing doctors to remove a piece of his skull.
After he was evacuated by air, Sandoval made his way to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and on Christmas Eve 2005, Sandoval's wife and parents were there as he woke from a deep coma. His family was told he would probably not live more than 24 hours, and if he did, he would not be able to walk or see.
Sandoval spent most of his recovery time in a hospital before eventually returning home to Yuma in September. He underwent extensive physical, speech and occupational therapy at Yuma Rehabilitation Hospital, relearning how to do things that were once simple for him, such as grooming and getting dressed.
However, Sandoval lost his battle on June 21, 2007, after a surgery to implant an artificial "bone flap" - a prosthesis that would replace the portion of his skull that was lost in the 2005 incident. Initially, the surgery appeared to be a success, but when he did not awaken soon after the operation, a CT scan revealed massive swelling of the brain. Sandoval immediately underwent another surgery to remove the flap, as well as another portion of his skull to relieve the pressure. The reason for the swelling remains unclear, and Sandoval never regained consciousness.
He received a Purple Heart for his injury and a Bronze Star, the fourth-highest combat award for bravery in the U.S. military. 🇺🇸
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Una vez tocas fondo, lo único que queda es subir, renacer, renovarse y hacerse más fuerte. Y hablo de fortaleza espiritual, hacerse más noble, más humano, más agradecido, una mejor persona. Cuando pierdes, ganas. ¿Lo que he ganado supera lo que he perdido? Para nada, no es cuestión de buscar sustitución, en lugar de reemplazar, tu corazón y tu vida se amplifican. Eso es lo que pasa con un bebé arcoíris, floreces, aunque ya no ves las cosas con la misma inocencia, sabes que debes apreciar cada día, cada minuto, cada segundo. Y cuando creías que no volverías a sorprenderte, sucede, y agradeces, solo agradeces, porque la ilusión vuelve a florecer dentro de ti, diferente, nunca igual. No sé si seré uno de los mejores guerreros de Dios y por eso me tocó una batalla tan difícil, pero sí estoy descifrando Su mensaje y mi propósito en este mundo a través de ello. A todas esas mamis desconsoladas les aseguro que entenderán con el tiempo Su mensaje, con o sin bebé arcoíris, volverán a sentirse llenas, como la luna llena, llenas de amor, hacia ustedes, hacia Dios, hacia el mundo, hacia la vida 💐
Clean eating advocate, binge eater, exercise addict and always hangry ➡️ intuitive eater and life enthusiast.
For those of you that don’t know my story, I grew up in a healthy and nurturing home but went down a path of self destruction for over ten years of my life.
I always found ways to harm myself without even knowing it.
From experimenting with drugs to dating the wrong people to starving myself to binge eating and depression.
I went through it all.
Mostly without anyone knowing it.
Anyone who looked at me just thought I was living a healthy life in a healthy body.
You never know what is going on in someone else’s life and what they went through.
Never judge a book by its cover.
No matter what I went trough and did to myself, I came out the other side.
As cheesy as this sounds, if I can do it so can you.
If you have ever struggled with binge eating and the aftermath, please go and read the article I just posted.
I honestly wish someone would have told me all these things when I still struggled.
Link is in my bio.
Also, I love you all and I am sorry I wasn’t very active on here this week. I was going through some personal stuff that I am not quite ready to share yet but I will.
I promise I will catch up with all of you this weekend!!! 💗💗💗
The goal post (left) to the measuring wheel (right) is the current WR length. The football in the middle(ish) is my current best distance #resilience
How awesome to have a HUG as your classroom mascot. •
Not just because he loves to cuddle but because he is a constant reminder to each child of how wonderful they are! •
Thanks for sharing this beautiful review - and for dedicating yourself to teaching our next generation - teachers are beyond amazing for the effort and time they put into our children... keep up the good work 🎓💕 #wonderfulme
This morning I woke up and did some energy cleansing yoga. At first I was frustrated by how out of shape I am, but by the end of the practice I was feeling connected and grounded in my body, letting go of the tension I, like so many people I know, have been carrying this past week. Ventura County is still suffering devastating affects from the #thomasfire (currently 15% contained and threatening the communities of Montecito and Carpenteria). But so many people near and far have been working to find a sense of community and togetherness. Monday represents a new week and a new start. To anyone feeling tired or unmotivated, please take time to do something for yourself so you can come back strong to keep fighting. You’re doing a great job. 💖💖 ( via @betches )
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." Maya Angelou.
I was talking to a someone recently about drugs and how as a result of her daughter doing drugs for a while she now has anxiety at uni and how helpless she feels both because she does not understand why she did them in the first place but also how now she is at uni how little we can do from afar. She cannot wait to have her home for Christmas so she can help unravel another layer of the onion.
We talked about some of the help out there now that 're-aligns' us with our truth so we are grounded, resilient and trusting of the world. It's a far world from when we were growing up thankfully and parenting has shifted enormously.
From my experience so far, as they age they never need you less, they just need you differently and it's always a parents 'job' to attune to their child and love them exactly where they are. Unconditional love is always powerful.
No matter what age our children are, they are still our children and no matter what bumps in the road they encounter and no matter how resilient, grounded and capable they are ... may they always know and trust the door is always open, the kettle on and their bed is ready and waiting for them.
“The nights you fight best are when all the weapons are pointed at you, when all the voices hurl their insults, while the dream is being strangled. The nights you fight best are when reason gets kicked in the gut, when the chariots of gloom encircle you. The nights you fight best are when the laughter of fools fills the air, when the kiss of death is mistaken for love. The nights you fight best are when the game is fixed, when the crowd screams for your blood. The nights you fight best are on a night like this as you chase a thousand dark rats from your brain, as you rise up against the impossible, as you become a brother to the tender sister of joy and move on…regardless.”
🎶I’ve dropped all that baggage
Let go of that habit
The pain you can have it
cause now I’m content with me.
I’m loving this skin🎶
🎶I traded that frown in
For me a brand new smile
I’m wearing it proudly
Cause now I’m content with me🎶
🎶It’s hard to explain it
Been through it you name it
The heartache and break and
The shame played that game🎶
🎶But I couldn’t seem to win
I started to think
Something was wrong with me
’Til I was finally introduced to HAPPY.🎶 #happy#selflove#selfworth#resilience#love#thedefinition#noregrets#loveyourself#selfcare#recovery 🎶: @4everbrandy
I passed the bridge once again im a survivor ,warrior n strong soul.
I Do believe in myself again,after I did complete my 1st Spartan Sprint race .
This is the 1st time in almost 4 years a bruise , scar or cut on my body made me smile .
Not scared any more of getting hurt. Thanks God for this opportunity to compete against my own doubts, fears n mind .
NOT EVEN WORRIED IF PEOPLE AROUND UNDERSTAND ME .
After all im my own competition n The only one who can Understand .
From now on ....
Ill promess to myself to rebuild n sculpt my mind ,body n soul ,hand to hand with God s Help.✋😏 It was a test to myself to Allow to see how strong I have become since my body, soul n mind went into the darkest place after the challenges life gave me 5 years ago...But here I am standing still not at my 100 %...but almost there ....I AM SPARTAN ...Arooo ...Arooo..!!
💪🏼😁🏃♀️🥇👊😡 "My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present." #SteveGoodier#growth , #healing , #healingthepast ,
#hurts , #past#present , #resilience ,
#strength , #strong , #survivor , #smile#bruises#woundedness ,#spartansoul#Spartantraining#tellmeicant#illstandtall#acdfc6c7#zipperneck#titaniumneck#godshelp#illproveyouwrong#spartanwarrior#sprintspartanrace2017#onmyway#standstrong#whyirace
✨ ECOLOGY CHECK ✨ Considering a change? Step into your intention and be sure to check for ecology by considering the consequences of your future actions and plans. Think as if you are in the future state. What are the wider consequences of my action(s)? What will I lose if I make this change? What will I gain? What will be the gain for others around me? The planet? And ultimately, is it worth it? The answers will definitely reveal themselves. Love, Linda xx #bringyoursparkle [📷: an oldie but a goodie, and perhaps a timely reminder from @spendwithlove]
an ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change. (Miriam Webster). Listening to @risingappalachia and thinking about the words they had to say to me about resilience when I saw them in Seattle.... Yesterday was the celebration of life for our friend who’s life was taken in the Vegas shooting.. it was filled with photos, videos, music and her paintings. Close to 300 people were there. I watched people tell stories of her and I even managed to tearfully tell my own. I still can’t believe she’s gone.. I saw my softball girls that I coached over the years. I can’t believe I lost one of my softball girls to this tragedy. Her mother hugged me and told me how much she loved our family and I told her we loved her right back.
As I sit here thinking about the happy and sad, the bitter and the sweet, I think about all those young girls I coached and seeing them yesterday as grown women.. My granddaughter was there being her cute little self. Life moving forward with memories and knowing in the time space continuum that she’s out there, hanging with Tom Petty (they died the same day), drinking a beer, hearing Tom sing and taking a time out.. I believe spirit is never ending and someday her spirit will be back amongst us again, shining her light... Until then, safe travels brave girl, you touched so many in 31 short years, we’re all holding space for you in our hearts.. Carrie On... #carrieon#resilience#love#myyogalife#yogaoffthemat#mondaythoughts#wisdom#pictureoftheday#photooftheday#reflection#beachyoga#beach#beachlife
Looking forward to sharing tips & tools for cultivating #resilience with the Durham-Orange County Medical Society. Doctors need #mindfulness too!